Turn about is fair play.
The Canadian Press â€” Canada’s domestic equivalent of the AP â€” is reporting that the original source of the leak was Ian Brodie, chief of staff to Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper. And as it turns out, Brodie’s original conversation with reporters focused much more on Hillary as the candidate whose people were reassuring Canada that the anti-trade rhetoric was all just campaign talk.
“He said someone from Clinton’s campaign is telling the Embassy to take it with a grain of salt,” said one participant in the conversation. The source added, “someone called us and told us not to worry.”
It’s been established that Obama’s economic aide, Austan Goolsbee, didn’t promise Canada anything about NAFTA, but the lack of an appropriate response from the Obama camp hurt them.
What I want to know is why did the Canadian press only focus on Obama? How was that decision made? Because that story REALLY hurt him in Ohio and Texas. I don’t think there’s any doubt about that now.
In any event, now it’s Hillary’s turn to figure out who said what and when and how much. This should be interesting.